Tuesday, March 10, 2009

no paint artwork in 15 minutes

Simple white canvases above my bed.

I never really thought too much about these canvases until my cousin mentioned they were his favorite pieces of art in my apartment.


What was once an unsuccessful attempt to make jewelry displays later became an inexpensive way to fill the space above my bed. Nevertheless, I will accept the compliment and now I am excited to share this simple no paint project (read: apartment friendly).

I bought two $22 primed canvases from Blick, a spool of textured charcoal thread, and a foot of charcoal starched linen-like fabric. I cut the gray fabric into 14-18 leaves for each canvas and cut a small slit in the center of each leaf to make room for the thread.

Then, I wound the thread across the canvas front to back about 12-20 times, threading leaves as I went. Once I was out of thread or liked how it looked, I cut the end and knotted it to the first thread. Done.

Can this even count as a project? Seriously?

There are a million ways this could be evolved into even more elaborate artwork. If anyone tries this project, please send me a picture to post!


  1. Genius! And they really do look lovely.

  2. I'm a big fan of these.

    I need to try to do simpler projects like this more often rather than spending so much time working on and changing the same project (which is hanging unfinished on my wall at the moment).

  3. It's the creative thought that makes these art... Yes, anybody could construct them, but not anyone can have the creative genius to pick the materials and put them together in such an interesting way. So cool. Thanks for sharing!

  4. @ Rachel, PS Erin, Miss Aimee: Thank you, ladies!

    @ Danny: Definitely might help to tackle something small like this first. But I hope to one day get a little more complicated and start painting myself :). The grass is always greener.

  5. So creative and it sounds so easy! Thanks for sharing...I might have to try it out myself when I get an itch to be creative. Or maybe you should just sell them...? :)

  6. @ Miss E: What a great idea! I don't think I have the time to sell them, but if someone takes the idea and runs with it, it could be a nice little Etsy shop in the making.

  7. i love this. it looks like birds on a line to me (is that what you were going for?) very cool.